Last name: Wright

Recorded in several spellings including the popular Wright, as well as the much rarer forms of Wrighte, Wraight, Wraighte, Wreight, Wrate, and patronymics Wrightson and Wrixon, this is an early English surname. It is occupational and was used to describe a maker of machinery or objects, mostly in wood. The derivation is from the Olde English pre 7th century word 'wyrhta' meaning a craftsman, itself from the verb 'wyrcan', meaning to work or construct as in wheelwright, cartwright, millwright and wainwright. When 'wyrhta' was used on its own, it often referred to a builder of windmills or watermills. Perhaps not surprisingly this is one of the first occupational surnames to be recorded, and early examples include Robert Wricht of Shropshire in 1274 and Thomas le Wrighte of Derbyshire in 1327. Later examples of the surname recording include Joan Wright and Richard Trevesse who were married on May 29th 1552, at the church of St. Lawrence Jewry, in the city of London, whilst one of the earliest settlers in the New England colonies of America was Jeffery Wright, aged 18 years. He left from the Port of London aboard the ship "Truelove" bound for the Bermuda Island in June 1635. Probably the best known bearers of the name are the Wright brothers, Wilbur (1867 - 1912), and his brother Orville (1871 - 1948), the U.S. aviation pioneers, who designed and flew the first powered aircraft (1903). The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Patere le Writh. This was dated 1214, in the tax rolls known as the "Feet of Fines" for the county of Sussex. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Connor Wright

I don't even know who I am related to haha

A T Wright

Wrights from jamaica

William Kantzler

Some of the Wrights were also Germans who changed their surname... my great great grandfather's family moved to the US in the late 1800s from Germany. His birth name was Karl Richter. He changed his name to Carl Wright to avoid anti-German sentiment in the WWI era. His younger brother, who was born here, changed his name as well.

robert wright

Robert Wright I am wondering if any of my father's relitives are out there anywhere his name was Gordon William Wright born in aberdeen scotland

robert wright

Hi my name is Robert wright, my dad was gordon william wright and I am wondering if any of my dads relitives are out there anywhere's

jared wright

I am from Pineville missouri

jared wright

hey if any of you are family out there just saying hey

Joel Wright

Williamstown, WV murica

Rebecca Wright

Rebecca Wright, daughter of Fay and Gene Wright of St Charles, Missouri USA Hey, Family!!!!!!!!

Keith Wright

From Bourbonnais, IL

J wright

From the OH



anne wright
Im from Chadwell-st-mary, Essex UK and my family have been in this area for many generation.

Sandy Shamp Snook
I am the grand daughter of Flossy Wright Shamp looking for Flossy's father and what happened to him.

Donald Wright
I am a descendant of John Whitbread who was the first Wright, who helped Sir William Wallace defeat the English.

Tatiuna Wright
hello from meeeeeeeeeeeee !!!! All the way from Mississippi (: 15 Yearssss OLD ...

Steven Wright
Hello from the wrights of paisley And the richardsonsof elderslie

Nikola wright
Nikki wright from Canterbury uk!! :-)

Alice Wright
Married to a Wright who's family emigrated to New York from England in early 1900's. Yes, we are always right!

Travis wright
Yo I'm travis wright from clover sc

Lanee Wright
From Lanee' Wright In North Carolina!

Josephina Wright
Mrs & Mr Wright from London & Jamaica!

William Wright
Greetings from the Wrights of southern California. And salutations to my kin from Georgia

Roniqua Wright
Hello from the Wright's in the Bahamas

kira wright
hello im related to the wright brothers imlooking for a meaningfor my name but it isnt found in the internet im doing this for a english asignment.

Amy Wright
Hello everyone Im Amy Wright..from Valparaiso Indiana!!

M. Wright
Hello fom the Wrights in north carolina

Jason Wright
What part of North Carolina?

Ben Wright
Hi, my name is Ben Wright as well, I was born in October in a place called Reading, Berkshire, England

Its funny, the number of American people who bear solid English names- like Wright who claim they are Irish or Scottish surnames because it is percieved of as more 'exotic' than the truth: that is that most of there ancestors happened to come from bog standard English Colonial stock. This is seen as very boring so they have to invent fanciful Gaelic conversions like Wright really being descended from Mr O'Wreachta who happened also to be a celtic tribal leader.. Rejoice in your Anglo-Saxon Name!!

BOb Wright
Bob Wright and my ancestors came from Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent...BUT...unfortunately the church where the records were stored burned down and the records were lost. I had a friend go to London but could not make any connections with the family at the archive. Any suggestions are appreciated

Hi Cathy, any connection with Kelvedon Hall? It was in the family until 1922 I believe but may still have family ties, it is said to be haunted and has quite the little history. Sincerely, Tracey L. Wright

Cathy Louise Wright
Hello-- I am Cathy Louise Wright born in Fort Wayne Indiana and now living in Sussex, England. My father was Russell Wright and his father was John.

Hello From The Wright's in New Brunswick,Canada :)

hello from from the wrights in alabama.

My Dad's (Wright) a sister in Alabama :) Hi from the Wrights in maine.

Brad Wright
Hello from another Wright in Alabama!

The scottish surname, is definitely connected to the McIntyre clan. There is also a separately originating name from england, wright, which originates from the olde english word for 'worker'. The evolution of names such as cart-worker and wheel-worker have created the surnames we now know as cartwright and wheelwright (or wainwright).

Bernie Wright
McIntyre is just a Gaelic term for a maker of things, the nearest meaning to Wright. Wright is an West Anglo-Saxon word ( otherwise called Old English) and is not Scottish. The idea that Scots would Anglocise their name is fanciful. The earliest Wrights all came from England and the earliest mention of it in Scotland is some hundred years later.

Bernie, you are so wrong. Many Highland Gaelic clans had their surnames Anglicized e.g. Mac Il seathanaich to Shaw, Mac a ghobhainn to Smith etc. I do believe Wright, like Taylor and Smith would be an Anglicized cersion of a Highland trade.

BTW Bernie, before you ask, yes, I am a Scot.

Miss E Wright
i dont no what my first name is and i work at st wilfrids c e acadamy i posted om this yesturday and i will at random times of the year everyone at my school thinks im a witch because im nice and i never shout. i love my surname wright. it is weird because i am left handed and im always wrong and i hate writing i have no family tho

LG Wright
The first Wright was John of Bayeaux Normandy. Given the title Wryta, a Saxon word denoting craftsman, by Robert Duke of Normandy to his armourer. John's 5 sons also received the designation. The sons went to England with Duke William in 1066. One Wryta was Williams body guard and all ended up being knighted.

Bernie Wright
Why would John of Bayeaux in Normandy (where French is spoken) be given a foreign Anglo Saxon title/name prior to the Norman Conquest? Doesn't make sense.

Paul Wright
Think you will find that the origins of the name wright was also in cumbria a very common revier surname.

Chad MacGregor
I don't mean to be critical, but this website constantly has errors regarding Scottish surnames. I've been aware of several Scottish surnames being mistaken for English and Irish on I can assure you that the surname Wright originates from the Scottish Borders and is closely related to Clan MacKintyre / McIntyre

Greg Cartwright
Would the Surname Cartwright (Scottish) as well originate with Clan MacKintyre/McIntyre?

Bernie wright
The word Wright is Anglo-Saxon not Gaelic! There is a clue in the name... Anglo-Saxon is sometimes referred to as Old English. It is English and is documented some hundred years earlier than the first mention of it in Scotland. The earliest Scottish Wrights would have been settlers/inheritors of lands from England. McIntyre is the Gaelic term for maker of things, every language will have a similar word... Cartwright is what it says... It's an English name. The idea that Scots would Anglocise their names at a time when they were constantly at war with the English is fanciful...there seems to be a desire by North Americans particularly to romantically attempt to link their ancestry to the Celtic countries of Ireland and Scotland, why I don't know. Be proud of your English roots....

Jeffrey Philemon Wright
I was born in Canada and am an ancestor of Philemon Wright, who was one of the early settlers in the Ottawa valley. Originally his family came from Hull in England, then settled in New England and eventually moved up to Canada. He founded Hull Quebec (formally Wrightstown and now known as Gatineau) and there is a High School that carries his name. A funny historical anecdote is he once had a controlling interest in Sparks Street in Ottawa (in the district of the Canadian Parliament) but lost it in a gambling debt...

Ben wright
My surname is wright my girlfriend surname is Jeffery and we are both born in June reading through the description of my surname it looks like fate

Zoe-Maria Wright
my name is wright! whoop! god, its mundane, my mothers maiden name is Lamagna, that rocksss!! x